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Monday, April 21, 2008

Alternate ending to the Genarlow Wilson Case: What If She Didn't Wake Up?

Regular readers of this blog know that I have repeatedly spoken out about how the defenders of Genarlow Wilson like to downplay the gruesome facts regarding what happened in the hotel room between Genarlow Wilson, his five buddies and two teenage girls that ended with his criminal charges.(Morehouse Man? Genarlow Wilson, Rapist and Child Pornographer Gets a Fresh Start- -What About the Girls, January 22, 2008) In particular, I have continued to point out how the 17- year-old girl has been completely excised from the Genarlow Wilson story. Here is a description of what happened to her:

The videotape was "Exhibit A" because it depicts a horrific crime: a gang rape of a semi-conscious, 17-year-old girl, followed by a bizarre display of sexual precociousness by a 15-year-old girl. That's the truth recorded by Genarlow and his friends that fateful night. I suspect that is also why Ms. Bernstein hated it whenever McDade used it to rebut her version of Genarlow's crime.

No matter how much (two glasses of Cognac) the 17-year-old may have had to drink, no matter how much she may have flirted with those boys, she did not consent to having sex with all of them, one right after the other. Yet it never occurred to the "smart" and "spiritual" Genarlow to say, "Stop it. We should not be doing this." No. Genarlow watched, waited and gladly took his turn. When they were through raping her, Genarlow helped his friends drag the comatose victim to the bathroom. They opened the door, pushed her in, watched as she fell to the floor and closed the door. I guess she wasn't much fun anymore. SOURCE
In the Genarlow Wilson case, the 17 year old girl woke up the next morning alone and naked in the hotel room. She had been left behind like trash by Mr. Wilson and his buddies once they got through with her. What if she didn't wake up the next morning.?

In a case eerily similar to what happened to the 17-year-old girl in the Genarlow Wilson case, a group of teens got together in a booze fueled party and when the girl passed out drunk, the two boys took turns raping her and then just like Genarlow Wilson and his buddies, they left her naked body laying there and walked away. Except unlike the 17-year-old girl in the Genarlow Wilson story, the 15-year-old in this case out of Philadelphia did not wake up:

At first, the circumstances of her death were a mystery. Then, investigators pieced together her last day of life - a day of horror, binge-drinking and what police say was rape.

Kierra, who would have turned 16 on May 24, decided to skip school that day and hang out with two male schoolmates, one 16 years old, the other 17, police said.

Kierra and the two other teens guzzled an assortment of hard liquor, including rum and peach schnapps, from a makeshift bar set up in the dining room, police said.The binge lasted hours. In a drunken haze, Kierra lost consciousness. That's when the boys took turns raping her, then left the house, police said. It's unclear if she was still alive.

When the 17-year-old boy's mother came home from a doctor's appointment at about 4 p.m., her son wasn't home.She discovered Kierra, half naked, on a weight bench in her basement, police said.But the mother didn't call police, said Homicide Lt. Philip Riehl, one of the investigators assigned to Kierra's case. Nor did she try to resuscitate her, he said.

The mother, who has one leg amputated and is battling cancer, told police she panicked, Riehl said.She waited about an hour until her son returned home. Then she called 9-1-1 for help, Riehl said. It's unclear what the teen told his mom.Medics pronounced Kierra dead at 5:08 p.m. at the 17-year-old's house.Kierra died of alcohol poisoning, said Jeff Moran, spokesman for the Medical Examiner's Office. Her blood alcohol level was .433, five times the legal limit in Pennsylvania, police said.

The two boys have been charged with rape, indecent sexual assault, simple assault and conspiracy. They are charged as juveniles, but the District Attorney's Office has requested a certification hearing in Family Court to request that the boys be charged as adults. ( A wild but promising teen's life ends in a drunken, repellent act)

I know there are those of you who do not feel that it is a criminal act to have sex with an unconscious individual and then leave them behind like trash. In the minds of many, girls who drink around a group of guys deserve whatever happens to them. The boys on the other hand are not held to the same standard. Don't they deserve whatever happens to them, including criminal charges which may result?

I predict plenty of rallies on behalf of the boys. However, none for the girl's family... they'll be vilified eventually for having a daughter that was "too fast" or "hot to trot." The boy's families on the other hand will receive sympathy and support, because they are just "young boys" who "made error in judgment" they don't "deserve" to have to pay for their mistakes with "their lives." I don't predict any such sympathy for Kierra.

Let's just stipulate that the Kierra was not pure as the driven snow. To save everyone in the comments from chronicling her numerous failings and "bad acts." Y'all are going to do it anyway. She was kicked out of school for having sex on school grounds, she had a baby at the age of 14- no mention about the age of the father. This was a child with some serious issues and apparently the line of people who wanted to benefit from those issues was long.

I just wish the reporter Christine Olley had given us more insight into WHY. The article chronicles all the bad acts of a dead teenage Black girl who suffocated on her own vomit, but I know she didn't come into this world wanting to get pregnant at 13 and die at 15. There is a back story here and I wish they had been so eager to share that as they were to share a list of all of Kierra's transgressions. They told us she was "wild" but some helpful reporting might have sought to uncover "why." What pained this child so much that she had to drink enough alcohol to embalm herself?

Hat Tip to WAOD reader Monica G. for the story about Kierra Johnson. May she find the peace in death that clearly eluded her in life.